“Is he gone?” Carmen, my personal
assistant/nanny asked. She hid in my
bedroom the whole time Xander Valiente
was in the house.
“I guess so.”
The front door opened and my personal
driver/bodyguard, Eduardo rushed in.
Carmen and I jerked up.
“You scare the hell out of us, Eduardo!”
“I’m sorry. I came in to tell you that he
already left.” Eduardo replied.
Carmen heaved a sigh. “That’s good. Okay, help us pack all these things, Eduardo. We need to hurry up. He might come back.” “I don’t think he’ll come back.” I told
“We can’t be sure. Men like that don’t easily give up.” Carmen opened the boxes and loaded some stuffs inside.
I shrugged my shoulders and sat at the
corner of the room, on the floor. I
couldn’t get his image out of my mind.
His presence was so unnerving that my
body was still shaking. I found him very
“Are you okay?” Carmen asked.
I was not okay. I wanted to cry… to pour
my heart out. But I didn’t want to break
down. Not now. Not again.
“Oh dear.” Carmen put down the books
and walked towards me.
“I’m really fine. No need to worry. I… I’m
okay. I’m just tired.” I stood up and
rubbed my temple.
“Are you sure?” Carmen sounded so
“Yeah.” I said then headed to my
bedroom. I continued packing my clothes
and shoes in my luggage. I finished
immediately since there were just a few
stuff to pack.
I changed my clothes into thick black jeggings and V-neck white merino sweater. Then I grabbed my tan faux shearling jacket. It was July and the peak of winter to the place we were heading.
I yawned. I was so sleepy, but we had to
get going. I could sleep later.
I went back to the living room, all set and
ready to go. The boxes were already
sealed. It contained some of my pictures,
books, magazines, collections and other.
“Can I keep this as a souvenir?” Eduardo
held a picture frame. It was a picture of
me with him and Carmen in the beach. It
was taken about six months ago.
“Of course, you can keep it Eduardo.” I said. He wouldn’t be coming with us and it was really sad leaving him. I was used having him as my driver and bodyguard. “Thank you miss.”
“We have to go now. We have a long flight ahead of us.” Carmen said. Twenty minutes later ***
“Oh God. I forgot your passport.” Carmen said in a panic. We were already halfway to the airport when she remembered it. “Where did you put it?”
“I guess it’s on the dining table when I
grabbed some water.” She said then
checked the time in her wristwatch. “I’m
sorry. We need to go back to the
I can’t get her out of my mind.
I was inside my private plane, feeling so confused. I was holding a glass of whiskey
and staring at nothing.
“We’re leaving in fifteen minutes Mr. Valiente.” My pilot said then walked away after I acknowledged him with a nod. My phone suddenly rang. It was Mr.
Hayes. The private investigator.
I called him awhile ago that he got the
wrong girl. But he still insisted that Lily
“I can’t talk to you now. We’re leaving in a few minutes.”
“Mr. Valiente, just give me a minute. I
sent you a picture in your email. Please
check on it.”
“Enough about this already. Lily is not
Mia.” I drawled frustratedly.
“I can prove to you that she is Mia.
Please. Open your email.”
I took my phone and opened my email.
The picture took me by surprise. It was
Mia wearing her favorite black dress. Beside her was the woman I saw in the picture awhile ago, at Lily’s living room – Lily’s mother.
“You’ve seen the picture?”
“Yes.” I replied.
“That woman beside her… Is that the
same woman that Lily said her mother?”
“HA-HA! She lied to you Mr. Valiente.
That’s Carmen Vega. Her personal
assistant and nanny. That picture was
taken a year ago, when Mia started her
modelling career. I got the picture from
her fellow model.”
I stared at the picture with total disbelief.
I was numb with increasing rage and
Damn it. She fooled me!
I didn’t have a choice but to break the
front door of the apartment. I was
banging it for half an hour and nobody
When I entered the house, the boxes in
the corner were gone. I checked her room
and her wardrobe, her clothes were all
I went to her bathroom and saw an empty
box of ash blond hair color cream.
I was restless. I tried to figure out where she went. She said she was moving to that telenovela actor’s house.
DAMMIT! I wouldn’t allow that now.
I went back to the living room and looked around. The picture frame was gone. I inhaled deeply, easing my nerves. How could you do this to me, Mia.
I took my phone and called Mr. Hayes. I wanted him to check where the hell that telenovela actor lived. I have to get Mia, by any means necessary. I would fight for her and wouldn’t stop until I have her back.
I was about to turn to go when something caught my eye – a board backed envelope on top of the dining table. I stopped.
I looked at it intently. Maybe it was just
an empty envelope. I strode towards the
front door, aiming to find Mia as soon as
When I opened the door, I stopped again.
I was really disturbed. My mind wouldn’t
rest until I’ll get hold of that envelope.
I closed the door and walked towards the
dining table. I took the envelope and
opened it in a hurry.
Inside was a black colored passport. I
opened it and stared at the picture.
Just in time, the front door opened. A
woman came in and said.
“Let me explain.”